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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Aug 5, 2009 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DARK STAR 1968

awesome post LIA. I've always maintained, even after hearing alot of the music around the SF scene (Check out "love is the song we sing" box set) that the Dark Star single was in a period that was " way out there" a bit too "way out there!". Alongside just about everything else on the box set it is exceptionally, - it seems extremely, wierd. no wonder it flopped... the (lack of) structure the phasing, the odd little coda... it was never going to fit in, and had it been a hit would have done the band more harm than good imho.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 5, 2009 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DARK STAR 1968

And the long version on Live Dead (from 1969) of Dark Star may have turned off a lot of people at the time as well.

Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a great piece of music to listen to, alone, at sunrise or pre-dawn.

But I've heard at least one old hippie tell me what they most recall about it was when Garcia starts playing those chalkboard-scratching leads...
I can see his point.

And for others, it's just too long, and never says anything... what do they care about a distant star imploding or whatever it's supposedly about... too obscure...
No beef.

The short form (the original 45 from 1967) reveals, just as you point out, all that's wrong with it.

It's really their most over rated song ("song") - it's not quite experimental enough to be in the Sun Ra category; it's far from a record that works even on FM in 1970 (unless played late at night).

But the 1968 versions I can listen too, once in a while.

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2009-08-06 03:47:57